Escape ordinary experiences and explore the rugged beauty of Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Amidst the live oak thickets, limestone outcroppings and stands of juniper, nestled away in the rustic hills of Somervell County you will discover a sanctuary for endangered species.

Our goal is promoting the preservation and procreation of threatened and endangered species, environmental awareness and providing a recreational and educational experience for people of all ages. Below, you will find offerings that will help you plan your trip to Fossil Rim and the Glen Rose area.

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Whether you’re visiting Fossil Rim while driving your own vehicle through our 7.2-mile Gosdin Scenic Drive or enjoying a guided tour in one of our busses or vans, please take the following points into consideration when planning your visit:

  • Rain or shine, Fossil Rim is the place to be. Come and explore nature at its finest during any season of the year.
  • The animals don’t care what the weather is doing, so they’re always out and about. In fact, the rhinos love to slosh around in the mud when it is raining. Keep in mind, we will put the giraffes and rhinos in their yards if the forecast for the night is going to be lower than 50 degrees Fahrenheit or if there will be any inclement weather (heavy rain, hail, etc.). We may also put the giraffes and rhinos in their yards for health or management reasons. Typically, we begin the process of rounding up the giraffes and rhinos, and herding them into their yards from 4-4:30 p.m. Any animal that needs protection from cold or severe weather will also be handled this way.
  • Any notice of closure due to inclement weather will be on our main website page. Please check there before leaving home.
  • Animal food is available for purchase at the front gate, and we limit it to one bag per vehicle for animal health reasons. The cost of feed is $7 tax included.
  • We are located 55 miles southwest of Fort Worth via US-67 and Chisholm Trail Parkway, and also 75 miles from Dallas via US 67. Approximately three miles west of Glen Rose, turn left onto County Road 2008. You can find map directions here.
  • ABSOLUTELY NO PETS ALLOWED! We realize that many people travel with their pets, but due to government regulations, pets cannot be allowed on Fossil Rim property or left in parked vehicles in our parking lot. Please take this into consideration while making plans to visit us. There are veterinarians in the Glen Rose area who offer boarding services, and please call us at 254.897.2960 for more information.
  • Guided tours and lodging must be reserved in advance. No reservations are needed to drive through in your own vehicle, but please allow at least 2-3 hours. Call 254.897.2960 for information.

*** Please Note: Travel times quoted above are average, and may take longer due to traffic or weather conditions.


When you visit us for a stay, you have several choices. The Lodge was the original “ranch house” for the property and, with a few modifications, now serves as a bed and breakfast. Located a half-mile further inside the wildlife center from The Lodge, you’ll find Foothills Safari Camp.

There, you’ll discover seven cabins. The camp is also the location of our glassed-walled pavilion where breakfast is served, as well as dinners on Friday and Saturday evenings. For large groups, our education department offers cabins at Wolf Ridge Camp that can sleep up to 14 people.


At the midway point of our Scenic Wildlife Drive, you will find the Overlook where you can get out and stretch your legs, visit the Children’s Animal Center (CAC), Nature Store and Overlook Café. The CAC is where your kids can pet goats, see our exotic birds, tortoises and a Vietnamese pot-bellied pig.

Our Nature Store offers many selections of souvenirs and gifts for every age, plus the only restrooms inside the park are located there. Relax and enjoy the breathtaking view from the surrounding deck of the Overlook Café while enjoying one of our signature sandwiches or salads.